France election: Socialists scramble to avoid split after Fillon win

France election: Socialists scramble to avoid split after Fillon win
 

Leading figures in the ruling French Socialists have rushed to avoid a damaging split over their candidate in the spring presidential election.
Alarm bells sounded after Prime Minister Manuel Valls suggested he might stand against President Francois Hollande in party primaries.
A government spokesman warned Mr Valls would have to resign in order to do so.
Meanwhile, Francois Fillon became the conservative candidate after triumphing in his party primaries on Sunday.
With nearly all the ballots counted, he had won 66.5% to 33.5% for his run-off rival, Alain Juppe.
A new opinion poll suggests... read more

 
28 November 2016 in World News, Views: 30
Source: BBC
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